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The 8th LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair opened in dazzling fashion on the evening of 12 September 2016, with a champagne reception in the stunning surroundings of Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London.

The 113 exhibitor stands had been under scrutiny from the judges of the LAPADA Stand & Object Awards 2016 who deliberated on the overall winning stand and the 6 winning objects to be selected in the categories of Silver, Ceramics & Glass, Furniture, Jewellery, Objects, Fine Art & Sculpture, and Textiles & Rugs. The Selction Committee included museum directors, politicians, interior designers, editors and collectors.

The eagerly awaited results contained at least one major surprise when ArtAncient took the Best Stand award for the second year running.

The Selection Committee made the following awards:



Category: Best Stand 


For the second year in a row ArtAncient has taken the prize for Best Stand. The museum-quality display, which still allows visitor to get close to the pieces, impressed The Selection Committee.


Meissen Snuff Box

Category: Silver, Ceramics & Glass

Gold-mounted Meissen snuff box, circa 1750-60

Serhat Ahmet - first time exhibitor at the fair and a member of Antiques Young Guns

The inside cover is superbly painted, using a fine stippling technique, with a half-length portrait of Maria Josepha Carolina Eleonore Franziska Xaveria (1731 - 1767). The daughter of Augustus III, a Duchess of Saxony, Maria Josepha became the Dauphine of France when she married son and heir of Louis XV, Louis de France.

The Selection Committee agreed that it was historically important, a rare and fine example of its kind and that the painting was meticulously executed.

Neapolitan Commode

Category: Furniture

An 18th century Neapolitan commode c1760

Wakelin & Linfield

An exceptional and unusually large bombe and serpentine fronted commode with original marble top. The Selection Committee noted that it was a particularly fine example of its type in quality and condition, and felt that it was representative of the exceptional standard of furniture on display at the LAPADA Fair.


Category: Jewellery

Enamel, opal, emerald and ruby serpent pendant, by Gustave Roger Sandoz, 1901

Lucas Rarities

The Selection Committee choose this piece because of its exquisite combination of design, materials and superb condition. It is a statement piece that is imbued with hidden meaning and symbolism. The piece has a French assay for 18 karat gold, an indistinct maker’s mark and is signed on the reverse with ‘GR SANDOZ’. It comes with its original case and is on a chain.


 Tea Caddies

Category: Objet d’Art

Pair of George III papier mache oval tea caddies, attributed to Henry Clay

Mark Goodger at Hampton Antiques

The caddies originally formed part of the display in the Etruscan Dressing Room at the famous ‘palace of palaces’ Osterley Park in Isleworth. Decorated using the grisaille method, with classical figures in the Etruscan style. Each caddy is decorated with bands of classical anthemions, one has a chevron pattern, the other a floral decoration on the lid. This was done purposely, probably to enable the caddies’ owners to distinguish between the two. The Selection Committee was impressed with the caddies’ provenance and craftsmanship.

Plane, Curve and Circle

Category: Fine Art & Sculpture

Robert Adams Plane, Curve and Circle, 1960, bronzed steel sculpture

Jenna Burlingham Fine Art

A historically important piece from the artist that was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1962. The Selection Committee felt that the dealer displayed it very sympathetically and in a relevant context, despite the spatial limitations of a fair stand.

Work Panel

Category: Textiles & Rugs

An exceptionally fine and extravagantly worked mid-17th century raised work panel

Witney Antiques

The Selection Committee noted the panel’s rarity and condition, only a few are known to exist of this standard, other examples are held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Windsor Castle. It was clearly a revered piece that has been perfectly preserved as a result. It is rich in symbolism and the quality of the workmanship is unparalleled.

The Selection Committee

Lord Chadlington – Co-Chair

Dr Thomas Marks (Editor, Apollo) – Co-Chair

Dr Alexander Sturgis (Director, The Ashmolean Museum)

Dr Francesca Leoni (Yousef Jameel Curator of Islamic Art, The Ashmolean Museum)

Lady Victoria Borwick (MP for Kensington)

Mr David Nicholls (Features Director, House & Garden)

Councillor Jonathan Glanz (Member for West End Ward)

Dr. Holly Trusted FSA (Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum)

Ms Sophie Ashby (Creative Director, Studio Ashby)

Ms Catriona Gray (Commissioning Editor, Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country)

Ms Kathleen Soriano (Chair, Liverpool Biennial)

Ms Judith Miller (Antiques Expert, Writer and Broadcaster)

Ms Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir (Artist & Collector)

Ms Samantha Scott-Jeffries (Editor, Homes & Antiques)

Ms Noelle McElhatton (Editor, Antiques Trade Gazette)

Ms Maia Morgenzstern- (Freelance Broadcaster and Culture Journalist)

Rebecca Davies, LAPADA’s Chief Executive, commented: “We were thrilled to have such a knowledgeable panel of judges on board and are grateful for their level of engagement and consideration throughout the selection process. It made the exercise all the more rewarding and interesting. Every year, LAPADA dealers bring an array of fascinating works in excellent-quality to the Fair, which we hope to demonstrate through these awards.”

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2016 is taking place from 13-18 September 2016 at Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1.